Sunday, January 09, 2011

Oregon Journey - BCS t-2

by Andy McNamara, Assistant Director Media Services, Football

It's almost here.

One week in Arizona is in the books and in less than 48 hours the Ducks and Auburn Tigers will play for the BCS National Championship.

Under bright sunny skies, Oregon went through what is a typical "Thursday" practice on Saturday and have just a run-through remaining on Sunday ahead of the biggest game in program history. A throng of media took in the first 20 minutes of the workout and saw a team that appeared to be genuinely having fun going through warmups.

With music blaring, several defensive backs showed off their dancing skills led by Marvin Johnson, who could give Michael Flatley a run for his money. Javes Lewis also did a little river dancing to "I'm Shipping up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys, and the group, which included Avery Patterson and Scott Grady, made a seamless transition to Salsa dancing when a Latin track came across the P.A.

For Johnson and several other seniors, this was the final full football practice of their college careers, and for some, their lives. It was great to see them enjoying the moment.

Other attendees that enjoyed their time at practice were kids from the Make A Wish Foundation, who got to meet their idols Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.

Tomorrow the team gets its first look at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, which will host Monday's title game.

Go Ducks!

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